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pleat

[pleet] /plit/
noun
1.
a fold of definite, even width made by doubling cloth or the like upon itself and pressing or stitching it in place.
verb (used with object)
2.
to fold or arrange in pleats.
Also, plait.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; variant of plait
Related forms
pleater, noun
pleatless, adjective
unpleated, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pleater

pleater

/ˈpliːtə/
noun
1.
an attachment on a sewing machine that makes pleats

pleat

/pliːt/
noun
1.
any of various types of fold formed by doubling back fabric and pressing, stitching, or steaming into place See also box pleat, inverted pleat, kick pleat, knife pleat, sunburst pleats
verb
2.
(transitive) to arrange (material, part of a garment, etc) in pleats
Word Origin
C16: variant of plait
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Word Origin and History for pleater

pleat

v.

1560s, used as the verb version of plait (n.) and probably representing an alternative pronunciation. Related: Pleated; pleating.

n.

"a fold," 1580s, variant of plait (n.). With a gap in the printed record 17c.-18c., but probably it was in continuous oral use.

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